Antonios Triantafyllakis


I believe in a world of equal rights and opportunities, where young people are active global citizens that embrace diversity with empathy and are ready to build an innovative, inclusive and sustainable future, today.

I combine experiential learning with gamification in my work as trainer towards realising that dream. This ensures a holistic, playful and impactful approach to capacity building, adaptable to the learners' needs.

Antonios Triantafyllakis has 6 references for past work as a trainer.

Antonios Triantafyllakis

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Current occupation

Learning Designer & Gamification Coach

Work experience

I design and implement engaging educational activities for upskilling and reskilling people on skills for the 21st century. I provide training and education on soft skills, as well as coaching and consulting on the gamification of learning. I do so under my personal brand, MYTRAINER, and collaborate with various freelance trainers, NGOs and purpose-driven companies around the world.

When it comes to training, I focus on the learners creating the content and me providing the structure for them to thrive, in a creative and collaborative way through which everyone learns by experience, has fun and is ready to apply the skills gained into action directly!

I absolutely love volunteering and have been doing so for more than 15 years now, starting even before getting won over by international youth work, which revealed my passion for Non-Formal Education and Experiential Learning. I've worked for various youth organisations, international, European and national NGOs and informal local groups.

I've proudly co-developed and co-facilitated the Training Advanced Trainers structure for IFMSA (the world's largest medical students' association, present in 123 countries on six continents), served as Speaker of AEGEE-Academy (the official pool of trainers of AEGEE-Europe - one of Europe's largest interdisciplinary youth organisations), and have delivered more than 700 hours of training/facilitation in a multicultural context, to over 1400 trainees in more than 60 international events.

I'm an active member of the International Youth Work Trainers Guild (IYWT), the Trainers, Coaches and Consultants Tribe (TCCT), the Octalysis Prime, as well as the Trainers' Forum (TsF) community.

I also have extensive experience as a web & graphic designer, cinema manager, computer or sound technician and singer/stage performer. I do however value my volunteer experience much higher, as I feel I have developed many more skills non-formally rather than formally, by being given the chance to manage a team or coordinate a project/event and, above all, to teach people in an experiential, interactive and fun way, which has led to pursuing a professional career as a soft skills trainer/facilitator.

I regularly hold workshops and courses on 21st century skills for young people and gamification coaching and consulting for various companies and freelancers.

I have worked as a full-time trainer/facilitator in the following international youth work projects:
▫ Futrure of Education Hackathon (N3XTCODER - Online, 2021)
▫ Futrure of Education Hackathon (N3XTCODER - Online, 2020)
▫ International Youth Conference 2019 (Youth Alliance Krusevo, North Macedonia)
▫ pre-General Assembly of IFMSA August Meeting | Training of Advanced Trainers (Taiwan, 2019)
▫ Training New Trainers China 2019 (IFMSA training)
▫ Local Training Course 2019 of AEGEE-Budapest (Hungary)
▫ Regional Training Course Iasi (AEGEE-Academy training - Romania 2019)
▫ pre-General Assembly of IFMSA March Meeting | Training of Advanced Trainers (Slovenia, 2019)
▫ Sub Regional Training Belgium: Changemakers SRT | Training of Advanced Trainers (IFMSA - Belgium 2018)
▫ Youth Against Extremism and Radicalisation (Erasmus+ training - Hungary 2018)
▫ Mini Human Resources European School Moskva 2018 (AEGEE-Academy training - Russia)
▫ Meanwhile in Siberia (New Year Event of AEGEE-Moskva/AEGEE-Tuymen - Russia 2018)
▫ Training New Trainers Bucuresti 2017 (AEGEE-Academy training - Romania)
▫ Transsiberian Dream. On cloud 9! (Summer University of AEGEE-Moskva - Russia, 2017)
▫ YO!Fest 2017 (European Youth Forum event - Netherlands)
▫ GROW (Scoala de Valori / AIESEC project - Romania, 2017)
▫ Training New Trainers Cluj-Napoca 2016 (AEGEE-Academy training - Romania)
▫ Local Training Course 2016 of AEGEE-Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
▫ A taste of FRES (AEGEE-Cluj-Napoca board training - Romania, 2016)
▫ Democracy, where are you going? (AEGEE-Madrid event - Spain, 2016)
▫ AEGEE-Bergamo Teambuilding Weekend (Italy, 2015)
▫ HyperYouth3000 (Erasmus+ Training – Denmark, 2015)
▫ Network Meeting Kastoria 2015 (AEGEE event - Greece)
▫ Summer University Project School Cluj-Napoca 2015 (AEGEE-Academy/SUCT training, Romania)
▫ There and back again - Winter LTC 2015 (AEGEE event - Greece)
▫ Summer University Project School Izmir 2014 (AEGEE-Academy/SUCT training - Turkey)
▫ MATRIX activism 2.0 (Youth in Action Training – Georgia, 2014)
▫ FYGO - Feeling Younger by Getting Older (Grundtvig project – Greece, 2014)

And a part-time trainer/facilitator in:
▫ TED Circles (facilitated discussions on a monthly theme inspired by TED talks (at Factory Berlin & Online, 2020-2021)
▫ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress (Income Movement - Online, 2021)
▫ The Art and Game of Meaningful Connections. Want to Play? (Creative Mornings & Cozy Juicy Real - Online, 2021)
▫ CONVERGE21: The Workshop Edition (Convercent by OneTrust - Online, 2021)
▫ The Reconnection Series: Reconnect with Others (The Call to Connection - Online, 2021)
▫ Online Training Festival (week-long training event by Trainers’ Forum - Online, 2021)
▫ European Regional Meeting 2021 - preEuRegMe (IFMSA - Online, 2021)
▫ Annual Peer Education Workshop of MMSA's Standing Committee on Peer Education and Training (Online, 2020)
▫ Future For All congress (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie - Online, 2020)
▫ sense_month, a digital event series on mental health and well-being (makesense event - Germany/Online 2020)
▫ EYE Online (European Parliament European Youth Event - Online, 2020)
▫ Summer University of AEGEE-Voronezh/Rostov-na-Donu/Kharkiv/Odessa (AEGEE event - Russia/Ukraine 2018)
▫ Local meeting of AEGEE-Passau (AEGEE event - Germany 2018)
▫ Citizenship at its Grassroots (AEGEE event - Poland 2018)
▫ Connecting Europe (AEGEE event - Greece 2018)
▫ Network Meeting Cluj-Napoca 2017 of AEGEE-Cluj-Napoca (AEGEE event - Romania)
▫ Network Meeting Kyiv 2017 of AEGEE-Kyiv (AEGEE event - Ukraine)
▫ Spring Agora Enschede 2017 (AEGEE statutory event - Netherlands)
▫ European Planning Meeting Zagreb 2017 (AEGEE statutory event, Croatia)
▫ Trainers' Forum 2017 (Poland)
▫ Network Meeting Ankara 2016 of AEGEE-Ankara (AEGEE event - Turkey)
▫ Autumn Agora Chisinau 2016 (AEGEE statutory event - Moldova)
▫ 17th University on Youth and Development (UYD - Spain, 2016)
▫ Ideas Factory - Planning Meeting (AEGEE statutory event - Spain, 2016)
▫ Summer University 2016 of AEGEE-Kyiv (AEGEE project - Ukraine)
▫ Spring Agora Bergamo 2016 (AEGEE statutory event - Italy)
▫ Borderless Europe: Blessing or Burden? (AEGEE event, Romania, 2016)
▫ Euro-BRICS Young Leaders' Platform Planning Meeting (France, 2016)
▫ European Planning Meeting Leiden 2016 (AEGEE statutory event, Netherlands)
▫ Gala Ball Weekend in Heidelberg (AEGEE event, Germany, 2016)
▫ dioNYsiaE : The Revival of Gods (AEGEE event – Italy, 2015)
▫ Leaders for Europe (EuroDEMOS project – Romania, 2015)
▫ Network Meeting Krakow 2015 of AEGEE-Krakow (AEGEE event - Poland)
▫ Summer University 2015 of AEGEE-Dresden (AEGEE project – Poland, Germany)
▫ Summer Universities 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 of AEGEE-Heraklio (AEGEE youth mobility project - Greece)
▫ Pitstop 2013 (Youth in Action Training - Austria)
▫ the threads that connect us (Grundtvig project - Greece, 2012)

Educational pathway

My educational background is in IT (I studied in the Department of Applied Information Technology and Multimedia of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete). However, I value my non-formal education much higher, as I consider it what has defined my personality to what it now is (or at least its good parts).

I have experience working as a trainer/facilitator, following the Non-Formal Education framework and Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle in numerous projects. These are responsible for some of my greatest memories and I can no longer imagine my life without similar experiences!

My experience as a trainer began when a trainer in one of the now more than 190 international events I've attended, convinced me that it would be a good idea, and so, my training adventures began happily and hopefully will keep taking place even more happily ever after!

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (beginner) Change Management
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (beginner) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Drama & Theatre
  • (beginner) Education through Sports
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (expert) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (expert) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (beginner) Financial Management
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Health & Prevention
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (expert) New Information Technologies
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (expert) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (expert) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (expert) Social Media
  • (expert) Storytelling & Humour
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (beginner) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (beginner) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (expert) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (expert) International Youth Structures
  • (beginner) Private Foundations
  • (intermediate) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Children
  • (beginner) Families
  • (expert) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (beginner) Religious Youth Groups
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (beginner) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (beginner) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (beginner) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Africa
  • (expert) Asia
  • (expert) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) Global Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (beginner) North-North Cooperation
  • (beginner) North-South Co-operation
  • (advanced) South East Europe

Other skills

Gamification, Experiential Learning, Digital Facilitation

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Greek

Trainer references

  • MATRIX activism 2.0

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-17)
    The training activity took place
    in Rustavi, Georgia
    organised by KinoYeast
    January 21-29, 2014
  • Summer University Project School Cluj Napoca

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-17)
    The training activity took place
    in Cluj Napoca, Romania
    organised by AEGEE
    March 5-12, 2015
  • Summer University Project School Izmir

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-17)
    The training activity took place
    in Izmir, Turkey
    organised by AEGEE
    March 14-21, 2014
  • NWM Kastoria

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-08-01)
    The training activity took place
    in Kastoria, Greece
    organised by AEGEE-Kastoria
    April 23-26
  • There and back again - Winter LTC 2015

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-01-14)
    The training activity took place
    in Anogeia, Greece
    organised by AEGEE-Heraklio
    January 30th - February 1st

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-03-17)
    The training activity took place
    in Elsinore, Denmark
    organised by Crossing Borders
    November 3rd – 11th, 2015

This profile was last modified on 2021-06-28

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